Worker exploitation: Victorian body to crack down on abuse of employees

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Rogue operators to be liable for civil and criminal penalties under licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers

An independent licensing authority will be established in Victoria to crack down on widespread abuse and exploitation of workers across the state.

Laws introduced to the state’s parliament on Wednesday will introduce a universal licensing scheme to protect labour hire workers. To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass “a fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws and minimum accommodation standards. A list of licensed providers will be published on a publicly accessible register.

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